We get a whole bunch of visitors and readers each day from here in the United States and around the world—certainly more than I ever thought we would have when this blogspot was launched in 2012. I can try to answer some of your questions about American Indian artifacts and/or Tennessee archaeology—if you have any. In some instances, I may know the correct answer. In other cases, I can offer you my opinion. You know the old saying:
Opinions are like buttholes. Everybody has one.
If I cannot answer your question or offer an opinion, I can simply tell you that I do not know the answer or maybe refer you to some other organization or person who can answer your question or offer an opinion.
The only thing I cannot do is tell you the monetary value of some specific artifact you might happen to own. Professional ethical considerations are involved there, and to be quite honest with you, I and most other professional archaeologists do not keep tabs on the day-to-day monetary value of artifacts. Count yourself lucky on that one because any answer like that from me would probably be the wrong answer.
All you have to do to ask a question is to click on the Leave a reply notation right below and to the left of the title for this blog post. After you click, just follow the on-screen instructions and enter your question into the little comment box. Any person out there on the American landscape or in foreign countries is welcome to post a question. That includes the average woman or man on the street, K-12 students, archaeology students, artifact collectors, professional archaeologists, museum employees, nonarchaeologists, people with purple skin or blue hair, etc.. Everyone is welcome to ask a question. If you want to send me a photograph or photographs of something, you may attach it to an e-mail message and send it to the following email address:
If you want me to post a few of your photographs here on the blog so all of our readers can see them, I would be happy to do so. If you do not want our visitors and readers to see your photographs, just let me know that in the e-mail message, and I will not post them.
I do kindly ask one thing of you. If you want to send a photograph of an object along with your question, please be aware that ancient American Indians were not caveman grunts with small minds who made “iffy” looking things out of rock. They were human beings who were, and are still today, just as fully intelligent and capable as you are—and more so in assorted ways. Therefore, any artifact they made will look like something a human being actually made. Professional archaeologists always get questions that go something like this one:
Can you look at my 5-lb rock? I was studying it real close-like last night, and for just a moment, it looked to me like I could see the vague outlines of a human skull in it.
If it is that “iffy,” your rock ain’t got no skull anywhere inside it.
Once again, if you have an authentic American Indian artifact, it will look like all or a part something a real human being—just like you—would have made:
Not Human-Made (Plain Old Rock Some Guy Thinks Might Be an Arrowhead)
Not Human-Made (Plain Old Rock Some Guy Thinks Is an Effigy Wolf Head)
Did prehistoric American Indians make the items in the last two photographs above? No. Only an ancient American Indian with an IQ of 2 would have made something like those—and any such person with an IQ that small would have been dead by definition. If you think those are prehistoric artifacts, please check your pulse to see if you are still alive. One last time, ancient American Indians were just as intelligent and capable as any other normal or above normal human being today. Anything they made will look like something an intelligent human being would have made.
Please do not send me photographs of plain old rocks that you think might be “a little American Indian” in nature. If you cannot quickly, plainly, and clearly see that it was human-made, it most likely was not human-made. If you need to sit and stare at your rock really hard for an hour—and it “kinda looks like it might be an Indian rock,” chances are huge that it is not an American Indian artifact—————–just a plain old rock.
Please do not insult our American Indian friends and neighbors with photographs of plain old rocks like those above that you think “kinda look like something an American Indian might have made.” When you do that, you are actually saying that you think prehistoric American Indians were stupid people or somehow subhuman. Only people like President Donald J. “Bait of Satan” Trump think, say, or imply things like that about the First Americans or members of other current-day minority groups.